Lean Coffee started in Seattle in 2009. Not Surprising, since this is where Starbucks started. Jim Benson and Jeremy Lightsmith wanted to start a group that would use Lean techniques to discuss topics of interest with like-minded people – instead of starting a whole new cumbersome organization with steering committees, speakers, and such. They wanted a group that did not rely on anything other than open-minded people showing up and wanting to learn or create.
While nothing can improve upon a Lean Coffee™ with physical post-it notes and markers at a table – we want to enable distributed teams to use virtual Personal Kanban to conduct rapid and effective conversations.
Bring your own device (BYOD) and join a Lean Coffee session seamlessly from anywhere in the world.
A barista can create as many boards and invite unlimited participants to join each discussion.
The barista and participants can create topic cards for people to dot-vote on.
The 'Sort & Move' button when clicked, re-orders the topic cards from top to bottom, most to least votes.
Topics are discussed for a set period of time. The barista can add follow-ups and notes to topic cards as needed.
The barista can generate a downloadable session overview with the date, topics, follow-ups, notes, and list of participants.